Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

Study: Canada’s nationalized health killed nearly 1,500 Canadians waiting fruitlessly for treatment

Coming to your U.S. health plan soon! A new study has found that almost 1,500 Canadians died in 2018-19 waiting for a life-saving operation, sometimes years, because that nation’s national health system could not serve them.

The survey was also incomplete, covering only about half of Canada’s health system, which means the numbers are almost certainly higher. More significant, the Wuhan panic has made the situation worse.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, there has been a drastic decline in potentially life-saving treatments being conducted by hospitals. According to figures from the Ontario Ministry of Health, between March 15 to September 29, treatments for breast cancer and prostate cancer have gone down 29% and 25% respectively. On average, the province has reported a total of 21% fewer cancer treatments in total.

Surgeries on children were also heavily impacted by the pandemic after reporting a decline of nearly 60%. In comparison, in 2019, 28,844 surgeries were performed on children, while in 2020 there were only 11,230.

But we need to save one life from COVID! One life! It doesn’t matter if thousands of others die from other illnesses, saving people from COVID comes first!

Hat tip Phill Oltmann.


I must unfortunately ask you for your financial support because I do not depend on ads and rely entirely on the generosity of readers to keep Behind the Black running. You can either make a one time donation for whatever amount you wish, or you sign up for a monthly subscription ranging from $2 to $15 through Paypal or $3 to $50 through Patreon.

Your support will allow me to continue covering science and culture as I have for the past twenty years, independent and free from any outside influence.

Your support is even more essential to me because I not only keep this site free from advertisements, I do not use the corrupt social media companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook to promote my work. I depend wholly on the direct support of my readers.

You can provide that support to Behind The Black with a contribution via Patreon or PayPal. To use Patreon, go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation. For PayPal click one of the following buttons:


Or with a subscription with regular donations from your Paypal or credit card account:


If Patreon or Paypal don't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to

Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

Or you can donate by using Zelle through your bank. You will need to give my name and email address (found at the bottom of the "About" page). The best part of this electronic option is that no fees will be deducted! What you donate will be what I receive.


  • V-Man

    Issues with the Canadian public health system predate COVID. One of my best friends had to wait a full year for life-saving heart surgery (if memory serves, because his assigned surgeon was off on maternity leave). An entire year, unable to work, exhausted and short of breath, holed up in his apartment, wondering every night if he would wake up the next morning.

    On the plus side, he didn’t go bankrupt from the hospital bills. So there’s that.

    Our system works great for two things: 1) costly illness (diabetes, heart issues, etc.) and 2) life-threatening emergencies (car accidents, etc.). Anything else is a nightmare. Need to see a specialist? Get in line. Broken arm but not bleeding? The sole ER doctor should get to you in 12-14 hours. Minor surgery required? See you in two or three years, and here’s some OTC painkillers to help with the wait.

  • David Eastman

    I have a lot of Canadian friends on Facebook, and quite often I see them discussing finally getting a procedure scheduled after a wait of a year or more. And recently, I’ve seen several posts about long awaited procedures being cancelled. But they all get quite offended if I point out that you can’t say that your government is giving you free healthcare, if it’s not actually providing the care.

  • Bob Weinmann

    I worked for a Canadian software company a while back, and the head sales person had torn a knee ligament while para-sailing on vacation. She hobbled around on crutches for more than 18 months waiting for the arthroscopic surgery. Imagine the lost productivity traveling around the US selling software while on crutches. The icing on the cake was when her primary care doctor had to prescribe a custom knee brace because her knee was starting to go sideways due to the injury!

    We down here in the US were flabbergasted, but she seemed to be ok with the situation. Canadians are the nicest people. Too nice to complain about anything, though.

  • m d mill

    I completely agree that the US has grossly overreacted in so many ways to the covid infection. It has not just been unnecessarily devastating to the economy, savings, education and society but unnecessarily deadly as described above. Ironically, even the George Floyd manslaughter and all the resultant death and riotous destruction would have been avoided had he not lost his job solely due to the lock-down of his place of employment.

  • Phill O

    On a personal note, it took 5 years to get back surgery in Alberta, gauged from time zero being back injections to final diagnosis and finally surgery. We speed the system up by privately purchasing an MRI (saved 8 months from the government one). In the mean time, I had to sell my honeybee operation. If one goes outside the system, they will not look at you after. So, I went from being productive, to drawing from the system. A private option that was timely, I could have scheduled around the beekeeping year and still been in business.

    Now, I have had 3 years of quarterly cortisone injections to the knee and the surgeon indicated yesterday that it would be at least 1 1/2 years to the preop consultation, and it seems there is a bout a 1 year wait after that. He indicated the government limits the number of knee replacements and there are a lot of folk in the same situation.

    By the way, when I contacted the hospital in Silver City NM, they were al apologetic that there was a 4 WEEK wait time. Be still my heart. If I have to pay out of pocket, I will lose my house. Canadians are taxed big time for the “FREE” health care.

    However, if you are in an accident with major injuries, the system works. Also works if you (illicit) drug overdoes at a party, and no fines for Covid rules disregard while BBQ pit gets fines for trying to sell food.

    The second wave (Justin Trudeau) has hit Canada much harder than the first wave (Pierre Elliot Trudeau).

    AND, folk in the USA want this? It is far worse in Australia and great Briton, from what friends have told me.

    Now with the prospect of Biden in the White House, there is no where on earth to flee (IMHO).

  • Phill O

    Bob Weinmann “Canadians are the nicest people. Too nice to complain about anything, though.”

    I might want to disagree on that!

    The Calgary city council had to backtrack on their “De-fund the Police” initiative due to intense complaint.

    We need to rise up on the lack of timely health care! And in a bug way!

  • pzatchok

    WOW. Years for knee replacements?

    My uncle went to the VA to ask about his knees. He was 70 at the time.
    They asked him if he had a doctor he would like to use or if their choice was good enough. A week later he had the operation scheduled and had the first knee replaced in 5 weeks. While he was walking on it a few days later the Doctor told him he should have done both at once and scheduled him for the second 4 weeks later.
    He was back to gardening and cutting the lawn 2 months after that.

    Between his Medicare. union retirement benefits and his VA benefits he paid nothing. Not a dime. He would have had to pay for his meds were it not for his union benefits.

    Good thing America doesn’t have socialized medicine as good as the rest of the world.

  • I’ve noted that about (aboot?) the only folks in favor of socialized medicine are those that don’t have to live with it. One of my sisters went to school in Canada, injured her ACL playing hockey and had to wait months for the surgery. Sure, she was an alien, but the hockey connection alone should be worth a few months. She could have had the same procedure in the US in a few weeks. But she would have had to pay for it. On the other hand, and I told her, body don’t stop. The injury will not get better during the time.

    Similar experience in England. Jevon’s Paradox. People value things that cost them: not so much the reverse.

  • Phill O

    When it is “free” there are abuses big time! Small town hospitals are much easier to get prompt attention. (In Canada eh)

  • John

    When I was in college, my father had chest pains and got a quadruple bypass so quickly, I didn’t find out until afterwards.

    Fast forward a few years and a Canadian colleague had chest pains while playing hockey. He was told 95% blockage he and would die without surgery. He got put on a waiting list. I got a contemplative and introspective e-mails from him. He was high priority on the list and only had to wait something like 2-3 weeks, and lived.

    Years later we were entertaining some German colleagues in Manhattan. Some of the them freaked out and went bonkers over first pharmacy they saw. They brought as much as they could carry. Didn’t care as much for the great dinner and the view from the top of the WTC. One of the Germans who kept his cool was embarrassed and explained over the counter pharmaceuticals were much more expensive in Germany.

    A young me couldn’t help but notice the difference between countries. People here will be getting exactly what they deserve when they allow the government to further screw with healthcare.

Readers: the rules for commenting!


No registration is required. I welcome all opinions, even those that strongly criticize my commentary.


However, name-calling and obscenities will not be tolerated. First time offenders who are new to the site will be warned. Second time offenders or first time offenders who have been here awhile will be suspended for a week. After that, I will ban you. Period.


Note also that first time commenters as well as any comment with more than one link will be placed in moderation for my approval. Be patient, I will get to it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *